School board members, volunteers recognized

Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education members and community volunteers were recognized for their service to youth.

In the first of a new recognition for volunteers in the district, Linda and Terry Blosser were honored Tuesday during the school board meeting with a plaque for 30 years of devotion to students through the Octagon Club.

“You are two tremendous people who have impacted a lot of lives,”  Superintendent Keith Horner said in introducing the Blossers.

He said they exemplify the award and were the first people he thought of when thinking of nominees and who should be first to receive the honor.

“We really want to say thank you for what you are doing,” Horner said. “You’ve instilled a lot of community service into a lot of kids.”

He said the high school club, which they helped establish and lead, focuses on community service.

In accepting the honor, Linda Blosser said she began helping in the schools as a room mother when their daughter started school in 1967. They continued volunteering as a duo through the years.

They said it was fun and they liked seeing students they worked with come back as teachers or giving back to the community in other ways.

Linda Blosser said they believe in schools and what they do for the future of students.

“It’s people like the Blossers who make this community a great place to live and raise your kids,” board President Eric McKinniss said.

Also recognized during the meeting were members of the Wapakoneta City Schools Board of Education in honor of school board recognition month.

Wapakoneta administrators sent messages of thanks to the board members for their dedication and all they do for the schools.

“You don’t always see what being a board member encompasses and what all they do for our school district and children until you are in our shoes or their shoes,” Horner said.

In a resolution, Horner said it is the mission of the district to provide all students with the best possible education. The school board sets the direction for the community’s public schools by envisioning the community’s education future.

The board sets policies and procedures to govern all aspects of school district operation and keeps attention focused on district goals and maintains a two-way communications loop with all segments of the community. The board responds on behalf of the community to educational needs of students and voluntarily accepts the responsibilities.

In doing this, the board requires an unselfish devotion of time and service to carry on the mission and business of the school district, Horner said.

“It’s a thankless job,” Horner said. “They do not get a lot of pats on the back. They do this because they care about kids and the community.”

Horner and Treasurer Susan Rinehart encouraged citizens to publicly and privately thank the school board members from all school districts serving this community for their dedicated service to children.